HVAC Design/Construction Process

Editor's Note

From Awards To Pink Slips

Some late notes of interest from the inbox run the gamut of outcomes.
By Robert Beverly
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As we were putting this issue together, I got a follow-up email from Joseph Dussault, who co-wrote the feature about the big ventilation/ductwork retrofit at Yawkey Boston Medical Center.
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Commissioning

Designer Copy/Paste

Don’t let this all too common practice create confusing specifications.
By Rebecca Thatcher Ellis, P.E.
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In December 2013, this Commissioning column addressed the challenges posed by controls contractors who “cut and paste” the design engineer’s sequences of operation into the controls submittal.
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Commissioning

Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should

Complex HVAC systems only stand a chance when endusers have the interest and ability for a long-term commitment.
By Rebecca Thatcher Ellis, P.E.
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HVAC systems can do amazing things these days — things that were unthinkable even 20 years ago.
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EDITOR’S NOTE

Big-Picture BAS For Critical Facilities

Not that all facilities aren’t special in their own ways, but … well, you know.
By Robert Beverly
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Right here at the top, I want to tell you that this issue is sporting one of the better collections of columns that I can recall in ES
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TOMORROW’S ENVIRONMENT

More On Doing The Right Thing

Advice for the jobsite, including don’t play “the blame game.”
By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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To follow up last month’s discussion on doing the right thing when it comes to addressing another person/company’s problem(s), let’s look at a few scenarios, problems, pitfalls, and approaches to correcting an error.
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Tomorrow's Environment

Doing The Right Thing

Pointing out design flaws isn’t easy, but engineers must apply their best assessments for the building owner.
By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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The other day, a colleague of mine mentioned to me that she was taking on a project where others in her company were not happy.
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Commissioning

Remote System Readiness Verification

As technology advances, the pre-functional checklist is becoming a thing of the past.
By Rebecca Thatcher Ellis, P.E.
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When I started building systems commissioning 25 years ago, it did not take long to figure out that more was needed to confirm that the commissioned systems were complete and ready for testing than just the general contractor’s word for it.
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Tomorrow's Environment

Prepare And Complete An HVAC Project Closeout Punch List

It’s nobody’s favorite part, but the road to performance goes through this paperwork.
By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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This is the fourth and final column on preparation and completing specific consulting engineering tasks that are traditionally covered in the design engineering firm’s consulting fee.
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Tablet As Building Engineering Tool, Part 4: Operations & Maintenance

Analytics to workorder management, energy audits to light meters — the spectrum of apps for facility engineering tasks continues to get wider and more versatile.
By Jeffrey Seewald, P.E,
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“Collaboration is unavoidable.”
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Motor Selection HVAC Design

Who actually specified that motor? Did they keep the entire system in mind or were they simply specifying one component at a time? And will that spec require over-speeding the motor?
By Gary Hamilton P.E.
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Often, an HVAC system is designed by the selection of individual components and not by a whole-system approach
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